Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering
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About "Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering"
The problem of pain is a perennial one; and for those who undergo particular sufferings it can often be the largest obstacle for trusting in a good and loving God. If such a God exists, why is there so much suffering in the world? And how do we deal with it when it comes into our lives? In his most fullest and most passionately argued book since 2008's bestseller THE REASON FOR GOD, New York pastor and church planter Tim Keller brings his authoritative teaching, sensitivity to contemporary culture and pastoral heart to this pressing question, offering no easy answers but giving guidance, encouragement and inspiration.
Meet the Author
Timothy Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, which he started in 1989 with his wife, Kathy. For over twenty-five years he has led a diverse congregation of young professionals that has grown to a weekly attendance of over 5,000.
He is also Chairman of Redeemer City to City, which starts new churches in New York and other global cities, and publishes books and resources for faith in an urban culture. In ten years they helped to launch over 250 churches in 48 cities. More recently, Dr. Keller's books - including the New York Times bestselling The Reason for God, The Prodigal God, and Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God - have sold over 1 million copies and been translated into 15 languages.
Tim was born in 1950, raised in Pennsylvania, and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. He previously served as the pastor of West Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Hopewell, Virginia, Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, and Director of Mercy Ministries for the Presbyterian Church in America.
Tim and his wife Kathy have three adult sons.
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I read this book at a time in my life when I was suffering and although it was hard to pick up a book Keller spoke into my suffering so much so that I couldn't put this book down. This book took me out of my own lens and helped me see my suffering the way God does. Keller explores three main themes with many references to scripture; understanding suffering, facing the challenges suffering raises in relation to God and walking with God through the suffering. After reading the book I have now attained a better understanding of the many purposes of suffering . It's always hard to see our suffering as something that produces good but there is fulfilness of joy through suffering. I believe this is a topic we cannot run from. Until we return to our home in heaven we will suffer in many different ways on this earth. Therefore, I also believe we need to understand suffering in order to live our lives to the glory of God. This book has been a blessing in a time of suffering for me and I believe it is worth investing time to read it. If not for yourself than for others you may know who are suffering. May we all continue to use our suffering to glorify our Heavenly Father just as Jesus did.
Two interesting ideas from this book are that God and heaven (as in the Bible) are more comforting to many people in society when faced with grief after death than the other alternatives, such as there is nothing after death, and that suffering is a normal or common part of life (as in the Bible), and denying this adds to the suffering when it comes. As usual, Keller includes many other ideas which will keep you thinking long after you have put down the book.
Keller tackles the difficult subject of human suffering with great insight and sensitivity. It is well researched and further supported by the personal accounts of people who know and have great experienced pain. Keller directs the reader towards a biblical understanding of suffering and the assurance one can have despite life's circumstances. Beneficial for anyone involved in ministering to or supporting those who are going through hardship.
I read this book at a time of struggle in my own life and have continued to find it helpful as I walwalk with others through their ownown studies. While it is quite academic and theoretical at time, the book is Gospel centred and divided into different sectionssections, allowing it to be appropriate and useful in every situation.